de prim ou prime, premier (=> PRIME 1), et temps : le premier temps de l'année. => principe(now-)bahâr(-ân) (plv. vahâr) + fra. toilettage de printemps : xâna-takâni ye bahâri + Some of the conventions embedded in our literature first arose from physical conditions which have now ceased to exist. The cult of spring is an example. In the Middle Ages spring did not primarily mean swallows and wild flowers. It meant green vegetables, milk and fresh meat after several months of living on salt pork in smoky windowless huts. The spring songs were gay Do nothing but eat and make good cheer, And thank Heaven for the merry year When flesh is cheap and females dear, And lusty lads roam here and there So merrily, And ever among so merrily! because there was something to be so gay about. The winter was over, that was the great thing.